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Maybe it’s the impending Election Day (thank God that’s almost over), or maybe it’s the upcoming release of Phosphenes #2 – “Americana,” but we’ve got America on the mind. If you’re heading to the polls, which you very well should be, or if you’re just feeling a little patriotic in the wake of one of the wildest years this country has seen in recent history, now’s the time to whip out your best all-American ensemble. Whether a subtle nod to your patriotic side or an endearingly obnoxious show of American pride, there’s plenty of fashion to get you in the spirit. Check out some of the looks below and get inspired by the current American zeitgeist, and make sure to both vote on November 8th and stay tuned for Phosphenes #2 – “Americana” later this month.

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The Presidential Look

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Although Republican presidential nominee (LOL!) Donald Trump once said, “she doesn’t have the look” (or was is “stamina?”) in regards to his competitor, Secretary Hillary Clinton, we beg to differ. Whether or not you’re #withher, it’s hard to deny that HRC has the potential to pull some seriously stellar looks. And if there’s one thing she’s mastered, it’s tailoring, whether in a more formal sense, a more professional setting, or even as an upgrade to an otherwise casual ensemble. Many of us are feeling pretty inspired by our possible first female president, especially sartorially. So check out some presidential looks we threw together for you to try at home. Who knows, maybe we could even see Hillary Clinton herself in a couple of these outfits (hey, girl!).

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The On-Trend Shoes You Need for 2016

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It’s 2016 and that means a new season is upon us. That’s as good an excuse as any to splurge for some new shoes (like you need a reason). These are a few of the hottest styles from the end of last year and a couple fresh ones that you should be rocking in ’16.

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Vacation Wear

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Summer might be winding down, but there are definitely still a few weeks left to savor. And what better way to enjoy the remainder of summer than with a vacation? Maybe you’ve already got something planned, or maybe you’re more of the last-minute type. Regardless, refer to our top vacation destinations, book your flight, and most importantly, pack your bags. And if you’re struggling to figure out what exactly to pack, have no fear; here are just a few style suggestions for both men and women, a cohesive guide to help you curate the perfect wardrobe during your time off. Whether you’re heading to Baja, Greece, the Amalfi Coast, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, or elsewhere, we’ve got you covered. Enjoy!

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Summer Style Tips

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We’ve already given some general advice on how to stay stylish and avoid common mistakes. While you should always keep those ideas in mind, there are definitely some more specific guidelines with each season. Summer is essentially upon us, and although these few months are all about relaxing and enjoying ourselves, we shouldn’t forget to keep it together. So, here are eight style tips catered exclusively to summer:

  1. Stay Decent
    As the weather gets warmer, we all want to take off our clothes. But it’s important to remember the fine line between staying comfortable in the heat and looking, for lack of a better word, trashy. There’s nothing wrong with your favorite crop top or those dangerously short shorts, but when you wear some of these elements together, you’re essentially dressing like a stripper. There’s a tasteful way to show skin, and sometimes you’ll have to sacrifice one of your more revealing pieces in your outfit to maintain a sophisticated appeal. There’s a time and place for your ass to be out.
  2. Delve into the DiaphanousDSC_0674 copyA more tame approach to summertime sensuality is through the fabrics you choose to wear. Silk, linen, voile, and other light, delicate elements can soften any look. Meanwhile, you’ll definitely be comfortable in the warm weather in barely-there materials. This doesn’t just apply to the ladies, though, as there are plenty of similar options for menswear. Just remember to coordinate your undergarments accordingly with your sheer ensembles, and you’ll achieve a perfect balance of sexiness and sophistication.
  3. Print Me a PictureDSC_0667 copyWe all know that prints are one of many important elements in warm weather, as they add a vibrant, dynamic quality to a look. Printed pants and shorts are almost essential for 2013, while printed tops are also a go-to choice. Whether fun and quirky motifs, items with a hand-painted appearance, or wild animal patterns, feel free to let loose this summer. However, keep in mind some of the previous tips; don’t wear cheesy graphic tee’s, and always remember to balance your statement prints with relatively minimal counterparts.
  4. Look on the Bright SideDSC_0690 copyLet’s face it, summer is all about brights. While the trend isn’t as big as it was a few years ago, it’s one of those things that will never die. Compliment your fresh tan with neon hues, and even use this as a chance to work in the hot color-blocking trend. Again, make sure to keep your saturated styles somewhat subdued by juxtaposing them with relatively neutral items.
  5. Pastel Me About ItDSC_0695 copyIf you’re not into blinding brights, incorporate color into your summer wardrobe in a more casual way through pastels. Pale pinks, baby blues, mint greens, and other light shades are some great options. If you want to combine a couple different elements, try a pastel piece in a silky, diaphanous fabric. This is one thing that’s hard to mess up; it’s rare that you can go wrong with a simple pastel-focused ensemble.
  6. White OutDSC_0699 copyRegardless of whether or not you agree with the stigma against white after Labor Day, summer is the prime time for wearing this absence of color. There’s also nothing against all-white ensembles, either, as long as you don’t end up dressing in an early 2000’s pop star costume. As minimal as possible, all-white looks can be canvases for accessories or pops of color. Whether using pastels, neons, or even other neutrals, this monochrome palette provides unlimited options for additional experimentation.
  7. Swim in StyleDSC_0700 copySummer is all about the beach, and the beach is all about carefree relaxation. Sure, this is one of the few places where it’s okay to kind of look like shit. But that doesn’t mean your beach days should be bad style days. Believe it or not, swimwear can be fashionable. For ladies, it seems like there are endless choices of shapes and cuts for swimsuits, while guys also have plenty of options. The beach can be a free-for-all with bright colors and patterns, but use this as a way to experiment with different trends and to make a statement at the shore.

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Half a Decade with Warby Parker

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February 2010 feels like just yesterday. But since then, Warby Parker’s set up numerous stores throughout the U.S., distributed glasses to over a million people in need worldwide, and pivoted itself as one of the most popular eyewear brands, perfectly meshing affordability and style. With an expansive variety of optical accessories, the label has certainly built itself up in the past five years, and that’s definitely something worth celebrating.

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Holiday Dressing

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The tree is up, the menorah is ready. You’ve got gifts for all of your loved ones, and plans on plans on plans. But then there’s the crucial, ubiquitous problem: what are you going to wear?

Probably the best aspect of the holiday season is all of the parties. And whether you’re going big and formal or just hanging out with friends and family, you’ll need to look your best while staying festive. Maybe it all lies in a fun, seasonably appropriate color scheme, or maybe you opt for sparkles, shine, and other lively elements for your ensembles. Whatever the occasion, check out some holiday outfit ideas for ladies and gents here!

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The New Musical Fashion Duo

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Madonna did it with Jean Paul Gaultier, Kanye collaborated with Margiela, and Rihanna got it in with everyone from Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, Jeremy Scott, and Adam Selman. Let’s face it, a musician/fashion brand relationship is crucial for building an image.

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Don’t be Basic

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The basic bitch is a real thing. And while yes, those girls running around your college campus in their UGG boots with their venti lattes certainly fit the bill, there’s more to this epidemic of conformity than you might think. Believe it or not, even “fashion girls” can fall into this category if they aren’t careful. And don’t think this is just an issue for females; guys are just as guilty – if not even more so – of being basic. So, how exactly do you define a “basic?”

Think outside of just an obsession with fro-yo, yoga (and yoga pants), kale, pumpkin spice, and other clichés. From a fashion standpoint, you might be a basic female if:

There’s plenty more that could define you accordingly, but that’s just a start. Oh, and don’t think we forgot about the guys. Common traits amongst male “basic fashion” include:

But there’s way more that can diminish a fashion person’s character besides just their personal taste (or lack thereof). Most importantly, a “fashion basic” is crucially guilty of having no true sense of style. Following trends too closely could be more detrimental than you think, while having no clear vision of your own sense of style is just a major bummer for yourself and everyone else. On that note, here are a few tips to help you avoid being “basic.”

  1. Learn about new cultures, brands, arts, and other subjects. Expanding your tastes is probably the first step away from basic land, even if your sense of style still falls behind.
  2. Incorporate editorial into the every day. Of course, this should be done sparingly. But in case anyone forgot, fashion spreads were initially intended to sell the clothes. So while you don’t necessarily have to go absolutely batshit with your outfit, editorial styling could definitely help put a creative twist on an otherwise drab ensemble (especially for guys).
  3. Switch up your repertoire. If your go-to ensemble tends to be a crop top with a pair of high-waisted bottoms, then you’re verging on basic territory. This style wouldn’t be so prevalent if it truly sucked; there’s nothing totally wrong with it. But it’s time to embrace the good ol’ button-down and trousers combo. That is, unless you’re a guy. Some dudes need to learn that there are other outfits out there.
  4. Step it up in the eveningwear department. There’s nothing sexier than a woman in a good suit. Think Coco Rocha in the “Elle” by Yves Saint Laurent fragrance ads (Google it if you don’t know). A pair of cropped trousers, a slicked-back updo, and le smoking blazer (sans shirt, of course) make for the most daring evening ensemble. And gentlemen, don’t hesitate to experiment with different colors, lapel shapes and widths, and other tailoring elements, all while keeping your evening look appropriately fit.
  5. Try some new footwear. It’s easy for everyone to fall into their habitual kicks, but it’s important to remember that shoes are pivotal in making or breaking a look. Wedges are almost always a terrible idea (keyword: almost), and guys, your painfully plain dress shoes are ruining everything. In case anyone forgot, sneakers are often the way to go these days, and contrasting the right style with an otherwise put-together look can automatically make you the coolest kid at the party.
  6. Change your hair. You really can’t forget about this. Everyone has his or her “signature style,” but you’re not Anna Wintour. There’s plenty of room to play around with different colors and cuts, and yes, that goes for guys, too. A dude who’s confident enough to embrace a dye job is only trumped by a woman with the balls to chop her into a pixie cut. Why not give it a try?

Again, there’s so much more that goes into being defined as “basic,” especially in the ever-changing fashion context, while there are so many more tips that some people could use. But just think about these ideas, and remember, being fashionable doesn’t negate being basic.


So what do you think? Share your thoughts on this piece below (but try not to be basic).